tv Outside Source BBC News March 14, 2019 9:00pm-10:01pm GMT
tonight at ten: a brexit delay in prospect as mps vote to extend the process just 15 days before the uk is due to leave. the ayes to the right, 412, the noes hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. parliament has voted to the right 202. to request a delay to brexit. the ayes to the right, 412, the ayes to the right, 412. the noes to the right 202. the house of commons backed a motion the noes to the left, 202. which calls for a delay with a warning that unless mps back a deal next week the delay could be a long one. it‘s prompted anger among but — this is not brexit—supporters and hope among their decision alone. those who want to remain, the european union as government and opposition still argue must agree to a delay. about the way forward. and before it gets to that, all of us now have the opportunity next week mps will vote again and the responsibility to work together to find a solution on theresa may's withdrawal deal. to the crisis facing this country, this is the leader where the government has of the opposition. but the last few days have also put so dramatically failed to do so. a responsibility on we will double our resolve to get the prime minister. this through and to deliver in what first, to publicly accept that both her deal and no deal are simply no longer viable options.
rob watson and christian fraser have been standing in the cold answering your questions — they're a sucker for punishment and back for more. the hashtag is #bbcos. welcome to the parallel political universe of brexit, where the brexit secretary votes against the plan he'd been arguing for minutes before, where cabinet ministers routinely ignore the government and keep theirjobs, where the government whips tell mps to vote one way and then themselves vote another, and where the conservative party no longer behaves like a party. but this is where we are. on tuesday, mps rejected theresa may's brexit deal. on wednesday, mps voted against a no—deal brexit at any point. today, they voted to
request a delay to brexit. the ayes to the right, 412. the noes to the left, 202. thank you. the ayes to the right, 412. the noes to the left, 202. so the ayes have it, the ayes have it. unlock. that went through with a big majority. but let's stop right there because nothing is as it seems with brexit. they voted against a no—deal brexit yesterday — but that can still happen. and today, they've voted for a motion that requests a delay — but we don't how long the uk wants or whether the eu will say yes. and also, the same motion means mps are very likely to vote for theresa's may deal for a third time next week. so no deal remains possible.
and we still have no idea if, how or when brexit will happen. this is the leader of the opposition. mr speaker, after the last few days of government chaos and defeats, all of us now have the responsibility to work together to find a solution to the crisis facing this country, where the government has so dramatically failed to do so. we have begun to hold meetings with members across the house. ...to find a consensus and a compromise that meets the needs of this country. but the last few days have also put a responsibility on the prime minister. first, to publicly accept that both her deal and no deal are simply no longer viable options. and secondly, to bring forward the necessary legislation to amend the exit date of 29th of march.
we think mps will vote by march 20th on theresa may's deal. they've already rejected it twice. but if mps change their minds and pass it — the uk will ask to delay brexit untiljune 30th. if her deal is rejected, parliament will have the option to use "indicative votes" — these are non binding resolutions. if you want lots of detail on this, go to the website. the institute for government has lots of them. it says they are used to test the sentiment of parliament and to break an impasse. here's the minister david lidington on that. i can confirm today that is such a scenario, that the government had ——having consulted the usual
channels at that time, what facilitate a process and do two weeks after that marked european counsel to allow the house to seek a majority on the way forward. here's christian fraser. there were a couple of moments earlier when i was not sure what to say. it was one of those weeks. the meeting that teresa may had met the european parliament and the european commission president of the lakes of apr now, actually there had spent quite a lot of change, we had theresa may's deal voted down, no doubt taken off the table, the vote foran doubt taken off the table, the vote for an extension, but it is the next day orfour for an extension, but it is the next day or four days that are going to be crucial i think to theresa may because her vote comes again on tuesday, or data is presented to parliament again, meaningful vote three which it is now being known. i think that is when things spoke right away very quickly. it is going
to be difficult politically to bring it back for a fourth vote. that meant it was narrowly defeated at the exploratory session to look at the exploratory session to look at the other alternatives, that that is coming a lot of theresa may's deal goes down. it could be by the end of next week perhaps that really we are looking at a fairly lengthy delay to brexit, a period when the house of commons is asked to reflect and look for some consensus about a particular option and of course, that might come at some cost. as the european union that will decide how long the extension is, but it is for. let's talk about the european union. european commission reaction. . .. "a request for an extension of article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of all 27 member states. it will be for the european council (article 50) to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the eu
institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension." he is in contact with all leaders we are told. the government wasn't defeated. but the voting lists are extraordinary — tweet @labourwhips: "188 tories votes against the governments motion in the name of @theresa—may tonight, only 112 tory mps supported it." and we know that 8 ministers voted against the motion. including — the brexit secretary, steve barclay. you heard that right — the brexit secretary voted against the prime minister — more astonishing still he did so after making the case for mps to support prime minister. have a look.
it is time for this house in the national interest, it is time to put forward an extension that is realistic. i commend the motion put forward by the government to the house. christian fraser... how did we get to the situation? candidate responsibility. another ate our ministers who abstained, and one minister who voted against and not to resign. this today, let have brightly on his urging everyone to vote for the motion and then he goes to the opposite lobby. i think the concern would be for the european union, even if, she gets a deal through next week, that as a whole lot of legislation that have to go alongside that at the moment, even ifa alongside that at the moment, even if a three line with, that thumbscrews that the government can put on the back pages to get things through, that does not break at the moment. there is no discipline at
all on the conservative benches. they will be consigned that even if she gets it there, what that the two oi’ she gets it there, what that the two or three months look like. let's not forget that this is only the withdrawal agreement, the divorce pa rt withdrawal agreement, the divorce part of the treaty. i had at that, the whole conversation about future relationship, how are they going to get through that when the evidence of last week, they cannot keep the conservative party together on anything? this is supposed to be the easy bit. do not go anywhere because there is more to talk about. there were two other votes. one — on an amendment brought by the labour mp hillary ben was of huge significance. if it passed it would have given backbenchers control of brexit in parliament next week. essentially taking the process away from the prime minister. this is what happened. order! the ayes to the right, 312. the noes to the left, 314.
the noes have it! it was tight byjust it was tight by just two votes. huge relief all round for theresa may's team. law and policy commentator david allen green tweet: "the government is being given one last chance to govern. can't see government winning another vote like that if it fails again". the other vote was on an amendment calling for a new referendum. this got confusing. labour backs a second referendum in some circumstances — but it ordered its mps to abstain. even the most vocal supporters
of a second vote weren't keen. alastair campbell tweets: "wrong to press @peoplesvote—uk amendment today when the issue is extension. i think wrong time and i fear the wrong reasons. more pv opportunities ahead". help us understand that i made next. a lot of people but focus on this saint that theresa may would have beenin saint that theresa may would have been in trouble without it. why?|j think been in trouble without it. why?” think it was a huge concern on government benches about this particular amendment. that is why david set up today and said that we will give you an opportunity to be exact at the summit to talk about the alternative options because but they could see in this amendment from the opposition benches but that parliament basically taking the business at the order at the house away from the executive government. that would have set a very dangerous president. i dare say that even jeremy corbyn who wants to be the
prime minister but not want to set a precedent like that. it takes all power away from the government. it was narrowly defeated tonight, but as you were just telling that tweet just a moment ago, if theresa may goes next week, and amendment like that will get support because there is no doubt that we talked up vibrant ministers tonight on the conservative benches who reside over government policy and by desperate for a vote that can find some consistency around the house. they are desperate for that time to be able to debated in the house. they will run out of patience next week if theresa may's deal comes back by a third looking very similar to the second time it gets projected again. one last thing i want to help on come at the moment, what is labour doing at the moment. what are they doing at the moment. what are they doing that refusing to vote?l doing at the moment. what are they doing that refusing to vote? a lot of labour members around the country
are scratching their heads tonight because it is labour policy, and jeremy corbett said that it is there think to pursue because there were mps sitting on their heads abstaining ona mps sitting on their heads abstaining on a boat that would have created some space on a debate and perhaps a second vote. it is labour policy at the moment, but they are not getting behind it. of course, yes, deborah presents by tonight was that the night because campbell said it was all about extension, but the independent group on the opposite that say if you believe in something, you have to put your name to it and tonight we did that and labourdid to it and tonight we did that and labour did not. thank you. fair to say with
headlines like this, theresa may's not having the best week. a lot of pressure being brought to bear. and just when you thought it couldn't get worse — this. tweet @shippersunbound: "huge world war two bomb found at manston airport in kent, which rather gets in the way of the no deal planning. bomb disposal squad on the scene." the airport is disused. the reason it gets in the way of no—deal planning — is that back injanuary, the transport secretary trialled its use as a giant lorry park to ease any post—brexit traffic queues. tim shipman updated: "i m told the bomb is one of ours, not a luftwaffe one." that is something in the way getting
in the way as brexit preparations. back to theresa may — not sure if she's looking for donald trump's input right now. either way, she got it. i am surprised at how badly it has all gone from the standpoint ofa negotiation, but i gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and i think it would have been successful. she did not listen to that, and that is fine. she has got to do what she has to do, but i think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly. i hate seeing everything being ripped apart right now. i do not think another vote will be possible because it will be very unfair to the people that won that say, "what do you mean we are going to take another vote?" so, that will be tough. i thought it would happen, it did happen. and both sides are very, very, they are cemented in. we should just quickly point out — and it's an issue close tojon sopel‘s heart. "i can t believe i m hearing this again.
donald trump did not predict brexit the day before vote at turnberry. he arrived in scotland the day after, onjune 24. his tweets confirm this. i was there. did someone say #fakenews?" mr trump told that lie while meeting the irish prime minister. as you can imagine, mr varadkar‘s take on brexit was a little different. i am sure, leo, i am sure you would agree with that. do you have any feeling on, would you like to express your feelings on brexit? yeah, well... maybe i should not let you do it, i wouldn't want you to get in trouble. we have a different opinion present. i regret that brexit is happening, and the uk was a very important part of the european union, but they are gone now, and that is their decision. the most important thing for us in ireland is that their decision to leave should not cause any problems in northern ireland where people actually voted to stay, and we should not have a hard border or anything to disrupt the peace process. lots of reaction
coming in from europe. the european commission saying this... donald tusk: "during my consultations ahead of euco, i will appeal to the eu27 to be open to a long extension if the uk finds it necessary to rethink its brexit strategy and build consensus around it." @adamfleming referring to mr tusk‘s tweet: "by long he means at least a year, according to those familiar with his thinking." here's the dutch prime minister being quoted this evening. he said to an interviewer: you ve been going round and round like this for two years. interviewer said: "may will ask for an extension. rutte: and europe will ask ‘why?
what do you actually want?”' damian grammaticas, brussels. but as you take? that simple question is going to be the one that that you ask now because we are setting out that the uk is going to ask for an extension. the question is going to be for how long, and thatis is going to be for how long, and that is going to be determined by by that is going to be determined by by that theresa may is able to get this withdrawal agreement through at the third time of asking at the beginning of next week, before she is due to come here to the summit at eu leaders that will happen here and exactly of the cosmic time. she will turn up dead, and the question will be she has managed to get it through, she will seek an extension if that will be a very straightforward matter because the eu leaders will say you can have an extension for a matter of weeks to
get out of the deal implemented and the uk accident that you probably do some time. the really difficult question comes if she fails get it through parliament, but they've? that is going to be the question. the eu, there is some places like donald tusk about the possibility of the uk requesting for up to a year, as you are hearing that, possibly younger today in death 2020 —— possibly longer said that end of 2020. deals that segments that negotiate, theresa may at losing members, members of her party rebelling, cabinet members voted against her, and what they like to see and believe it is absolutely necessary despite the uk to sort out
a stable majority for a way for it, embed a solution will open up. that is the debate. the eu but think how long will it need to regret that. that you don't question it will be how long will you use that time for to achieve that? this issue has cropped up before and because build difficulty for theresa may when she has been the eu is had asked her she is the mandate concession talks and they said what for, and had very difficult conversations with her when she has not been able to deliver the lack from parliament. —— deliverables from parliament.
european parliament elections are coming up in may. if it's a short extension it's not a problem. not only did they want clear extractions, and this complicates everything. they are a bit of a complication. those elections happen in may. the new european parliament was not setting from july, so the issueis was not setting from july, so the issue is the uk has an extension that takes him thejuly, legally it should have to conduct those european elections and elect european elections and elect european mvps that will represent the uk for the next month yeah going forward. the problem is politically in the uk it is difficult to do. in
fa ct in the uk it is difficult to do. in fact that there may be ways around that. delicate sent for a second time, the current ones staying on, the real issue is not that european elections. that is a smaller rock in the past. the current withdrawal agreement affected the uk is the only one that is they are on the table, and that will not change at that march the 29th but an extension. effectively what that means is that the difficult issues that may think so hard for the uk parliament to resolve and recheck assistance on, tells difficult issues dispossessed, they do not go away. that with troutdale that was on the table that many do not like is the one that that you will insist on at the uk once it, unless the uk goes away and radically rethinks its approach, comes back with different demands but different sorts of relationship with the eu in the future. appreciate you taking us
through this. that was damien and brussels. we are about to go to christian in a moment. every night this week, we have been getting your questions because we are reasonably confused, keep sending them in the e—mail is on the screen as well. hi. let us start with the spot. in simple adjustable times suitable for an eight—year—old, could you kindly explain what that pm has what this evening and what exactly it means? i do not know if an eight—year—old billy asked that or if they it is an aduu billy asked that or if they it is an adult that meets at breaking down. 15 days to brexit day, there is no deal. we have no deal and you have to at the european union at some
point, you need that relate to find a deal at some point. the other way in which teresa made has one evening that she did not lose her belt. in which teresa made has one evening that she did not lose her beltm was a lot better last night. here is one from paul who says how can folks that was so close by by date shelley," should be some form of compromise? results are not binding are they? that is a cracking question. when it comes to british politics, it is like a football match. it does not matter if you lose 3—1 or 2—1, that is the way it works. in general, we had that debit sort of confrontation a partisan system, they sat opposite of each other, it is not, they are not into biking together. but it is the
reason why sceptics and theresa may's party who want to leave on march 29 i state that these are not binding votes. the only thing that they can cling onto at the moment he set down in la. so if you want to replace that, you have to bring another lot to replace that. second legislation should be straightforward as the house saying that they want to delay. but you have to get it through the house. some sceptics say that the edges that we can use. he is a real stickler for the law, this one. at the eu refuses to grant at the lake does anything for that as from revoking and invoking article 50? up until one minute or whatever it is, 1159 uk time, typically not our
time, right into the last second, we can say my bad, i am by article 50, thatis can say my bad, i am by article 50, that is a reference, that is from the movie clueless for the 1990s. the options, frankly, if you do not getan the options, frankly, if you do not get an extension of the european union, that is not going to happen because the european union does not wa nt because the european union does not want a no brexit either. it would be i don't provoke article 50 are passed that bill. there is no abigail on the table after theresa may keep saint. i don't provoke article 50 are passed that bill. there is no abigail on the table after theresa may keep saint. as her nakedness away, but i had a funny idea of she might feel like it at that they speak. thank you very much at the moment and think you but that
licence. the bus he knew couple of minutes. we see a significant start moving its way across the north in america. there is a curl of clad a significant area of pressure. it brought some heavy rain and also some significant snow with that, particularly across colorado and wyoming where i understand there is 12 to 18 inches of snow. they are used to coping with significant snow, but it has been a long, hard winter. also some significant flooding to the midwest as well. moving across the great lakes, at the tail end of that could bring some had the sharp boundary downplays, even some tornadoes. we need to keep an eye on that. behind that, a glimmer of that news. gals will quiet things down across north
america as a movement at the beginning. you can see that quite clearly on the city was that getting warm as well and dallas but temperatures peaking at 22 degrees on that monday. it's africa, it is all about tropical cyclone. the eye of the storm here on that satellite picture but that it is making la ndfall picture but that it is making landfall as we speak across the southern part of the place. he has seen heavy rain in mozambique, and pretty slow moving system as it tracks and land, so that is going to exacerbate the issues here. vibrant colours denoting the intensity of the rain. at the take a bite and look at africa, these are a little bit quieter. i been to the north at that stormy spout in the eastern mediterranean, it is drier and quieter. dry sunny weather on offer.
that is moved to australia where we are picking up some shower clouds the coastline. some of the shallots and intents of the next few days. high—pressure dominates of the southeast, when it's coming from the ocean, a little bit collect rather than the east coast. shopper showers. they will ease it said the weekend and some dry sunny weather. we had seats in the air gals across parts of nothing europe just recently. they are more wet and windy weather expected it to the alps. the winds coming from the northwesterly directions, not particularly one with that. find settled in sandy. things will quiet down as he moved into next week as high pressure builds the northern europe, and it looks a little bit more promising. you can see that in the city by with much better weather in berlin and paris.
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. parliament has voted to request a delay to brexit. the ayes to the right: 412. the noes to the left: 202. but — this is not their decision alone. the european union must agree to a delay. and before it gets to that, next week mps will vote again on theresa may's withdrawal deal. next week mps will vote again this is the leader of the opposition. the last few days have also put the put responsibility on the prime minister. first, to publicly accept that both her deal and no deal are simply no longer viable options. you
can get more context and background on break that through the bbc website. —— brexiteers. —— brexiteers. there are lots of reasons why theresa may cannot get her deal through parliament. one of them goes all the way back to 2017, where the prime minister called for a snap election and it was a disaster. she failed to win a majority. the dup 210 vote gave her it would bea the dup 210 vote gave her it would be a narrow majority in the dup,
retaining... it trumps any consideration. when you look at the voting on tuesday when theresa may's deal with sad —— was sadly defeated, the dup here voted against it, and so did 75 of the prime ministers's own mps. so that working majority evidently is not working. the conservative party no longer functions as a political blog. the opposition labour party also has its blitz, you can see some of its mps here voted with the government while the majority voted against it on tuesday. and remember, some labour mps and some conservatives have gone into that new independent group. the fact we are seeing this political fragmentation, gives small blocs like the dup great leverage. here's the dup leader arlene foster. people will all want to say, what will it take to get
the dup over the line? it's very simple. what it will take to get the dup over the line is the fact that northern ireland's not left behind, that the constitutional and economic integrity of the united kingdom is the same, and that we have a strong and stable relationship with what happens in the future. when arlene foster says consitutional and economic integrity, she's talking about this northern ireland remaining a part of the uk with the same status as the rest of it. that's under pressure because of the irish border backstop. it's in the proposed brexit deal to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland at any point. evenif even if they struggle to cut a new trade deal. and part of that solution would be to treat northern ireland differently to the rest of the uk in how it traded with the eu. the reason to avoid the hard border is northern ireland's past. go back to 1998, and 30 years of violence between republicans and unionists was ended
by the good friday agreement put it stated that border checkpoints should never be necessary again. that's easy when the uk is in the eu as there are no customs checks. but what do you do when the uk is outside the eu's customs union and single market? how does the eu project its single market? —— protect. and the uk avoid a hard border with ireland. no—one is sure. but the dup will not support any plan that sees northern ireland aligned with ireland on trade, while the uk has a different status, even if it's a temporary arrangement. that is why they keep saying no to theresa may's deal, at least it does for the moment. it says it has to be treated the same as the rest of the uk. let's bring in rob watson from
westminster, i feel like i've uk. let's bring in rob watson from westminster, ifeel like i've been making the same explanation for three years, the same issue hasn't shifted? absolutely. you set up very nicely, it really does need explaining and contacts. i guess north, a lot of people on the remaining side of the campaign would say actually, this is one of the reasons why we thought brexit might not be such a good idea. because you would have this problem in northern ireland or potentially, because there is nowhere as far as anyone i know in the world where two countries don't have a border. if they are not in a customs union together. going back to the conundrum were in, there's no doubt that theresa may needs the dup to change their minds. the number one priority for the dup, the democratic unionist party, they really believe in the union between northern
ireland and the rest of the united kingdom, and they just ireland and the rest of the united kingdom, and theyjust make that priority to be treated the same. thank you very much, rob, stay with us. the dup oppose the backstop. so do the 75 conservative rebels who voted against theresa may's deal. and they are against the backstop too. high profile among them is jacob rees mogg, this him after yesterday's vote. the problem with the deal was that it didn't deliver on the commitment to leave the european union cleanly, and that the backstop would've kept us in the customs union in the single market. what we have done is stick to the result injune 2016 that we should leave the european union, and the conservative party manifesto, we should leave the european single market, and that no deal is better than a bad deal. that phrase no deal is better than a bad deal is important. theresa may used it all the time for a while. less so now where the message
is more, my deal is the best we can get and it's better than no deal. some conservative brexiteers are still on "no deal is better than a bad deal". the conservative steve baker, for instance. i've taken the opportunity to canvass the external brexit campaign groups to find out their opinion whether in the light of all this, we were right to vote on the deal. and i can tell the government that unanimously so far, the opinion is that the deal was so rotten, we were absolutely right to vote it down, and that we should continue to do so. and i will tell the government now that when meaningful vote three comes back, i will see to it that we honour what we owe to them to keep floating this down however many times it's brought back, whatever pressure were put under, and come what may, please don't do it, go back to the eu and say, "it won't pass". rob, there is no signs that theresa
may will go back to the eu for the next week. this isjust may will go back to the eu for the next week. this is just a staring contest? i think there is no doubt that theresa may feels that she is just trying to muster all the pressure she possibly can on those on the probe or exit right and the dup to get behind the deal —— pro brexit. this has been bubbling for us brexit. this has been bubbling for us i'm —— a time, and what theresa may has wanted for a long time, despite everything that has happened, is to get that deal that she agreed with the eu through parliament somehow. a couple of other things to ask you about. one indication we've had on what strategy theresa may has to get all these groups to come around and back her deal, at least another —— enough of them to do it, came from this man, ali robbins. from this man, olly robbins, the uk's chief brexit negotiator. back in february he was overheard in a hotel bar in brussels by a journalist from itv saying in the end mps would have a choice between backing theresa may's deal
or extending brexit negotiations. here are some of the quotes that we re here are some of the quotes that were picked up by the itv journalist. remarkably accurate so far, isn't it? absolutely and utterly, totally stunning. that is just the way things have unfolded, and i guess some people would say that theresa may and her critics have been cynical all along, almost engaged in an act of brinkmanship, knowing that if she had boxed enough mps into a corner and increase the fear factor enough, you might just corner and increase the fear factor enough, you mightjust about get away. it is also possible looking ahead that if theresa may lost the vote on tuesday, then go to the eu summit thursday or friday, comes back with eu leaders saying that you
can only have a deal that is a two—year extension, that she then goes back to the pro brexit wing of her party and says goodness gracious, look at what we're looking at, a two—year extension to the european elections? you sure you wouldn't like one more chance to have a go at my deal? here is more from the bbc‘s james vincent. remember that they told mps to abstain. he goes on to say... what are your thoughts on that? abstain. he goes on to say... what are your thoughts on that7m abstain. he goes on to say... what are your thoughts on that? it is a reminder that it is notjust the conservative party that has its divisions over the european union on what to do next, but also the labour party, as well, because it is official labour policy at some point to say that it might be possible to support a referendum. but some of
their mps who represent constituents, a lot of leavers north of the uk have said they could do this. and i think that is part of what you are seeing about the extraordinary — explored as a pseudo— revolutionary mindset about brexit. mps are getting fired up with voters, this is a very unusual time in british politics. i remember one of my first boss is saying to me that the thing about britain, british people are not interested in politics, it is one of the things that makes it such an agreeable country. but clearly that has changed, and it has all the mps very, very sensitive. just before i let you go, it has been a breathless four days, strasberg feels like very —— several months ago. do we get a breather tomorrow?” —— several months ago. do we get a breather tomorrow? i think so. in terms of this extraordinary operation in this mini village
parked outside parliament, i think it has been a bit of a day off. fingers crossed. into it, you deserve it, thanks for all your help this week. as i always say, if you wa nt this week. as i always say, if you want more background information on brexit, visit our website, and all the information you can get on the bbc news channel all the way across the weekend into next week. a warning, this next report contains pictures that some people might find distressing. it's been a historic day in northern ireland for the families of the bloody sunday killings, where 13 people were shot dead by soldiers at a civil rights march in the city of londonderry. 47 years on, one former british soldier will be charged with murder over the deaths of these two men, james wray and william mckinney, and the attempted murder of four other men. he's the first person to face charges. he's a former paratrooper, and we only know him as "soldier f" because all military witnesses were granted anonymity.
but there were 18 other people reported by police who won't be charged, here's northern ireland's public prosecutor on that. >> alan: it has been concluded that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. in these circumstances, the evidential task for prosecution is not met, and decisions not to prosecute have been taken in decisions not to prosecute have been ta ken in respect decisions not to prosecute have been taken in respect of the remaining 18 individuals reported by police. that's upset the victims‘ families. this is william nash, he was only 17 when he was killed, but no one has been held accountable for it. here's his sister today. the only thing we can do is keep going on. you know, keep doing what we're doing. and i don't know legally within the law what we can do, but we will pursue it. we will keep going. we've also heard from james wray‘s brother. i'm relieved that at least one
soldier who's responsible for those actions is going to be prosecuted. but i'm extremely saddened, because we are a family, the bloody sunday families. and just forjim, which i think this is, it's one thing, but my heart is broke for the rest of the families, as it's been a very black day for them. in 1968, a conflict began in northern ireland known as "the troubles". in 1971, a new law gave the authorities the power to indefinitely detain people without trial. that caused a lot of anger, and the following year, on 30 january, there was a civil rights march in derry to protest against it. troops were deployed, and this is what happened next. the army barricaded the marchers and stopped them going along their planned route. skirmishes between young people and the army broke out. protesters threw stones. soldiers responded with rubber bullets,
tear gas, and a water cannon. soldiers were ordered to make as many arrests as possible, but they opened fire on protesters, and within half an hour, 13 people were dead, seven of them teenagers. the day became known as bloody sunday, one of the darkest of the troubles. asjulian o'neill, the bbc‘s northern ireland home affairs correspondent writes in this article... "bloody sunday might have happened 47 years ago, but it has cast a very long shadow, extending far beyond victims‘ families and those involved." one of the images that became synonymous with bloody sunday is this this footage of a priest waving a blood—stained hankerchief, as he and other‘s help carry a wounded man to safety. two investigations have been held. the first, in april of the same year, largely cleared the soldiers and british authorities of blame, the report was widely criticised as a "whitewash".
more than 20 years later, the saville inquiry, which cost £190 million, led to this appology from then—prime minister, david cameron. the government is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the armed forces. and for that, on behalf of the government, and indeed on behalf of our country, we are deeply sorry. gavin williamson is the current british defence secretary. he says his department will pay for soldier f's legal fees. he put out a statement, saying... he didn‘t mention the victims‘ or their families in the statement. naomi o‘leary is a journalist with politico. she responded saying...
peter geoghegan is an irish investigative journalist. well, one law firm in northern ireland agrees. phoenix law belfast, who are representing the family of william nash, one of the teenagers killed, have referred the defence secretary‘s comments to the attorney general of northern ireland. they say in the statement... i should make clear, the british government helps all former soldiers with legal bills when it‘s to do with their time in service, so this isn‘t specific to this case. today‘s announcement follows on from the northern ireland secretary karen bradley saying this last week.
over 90% of the killings were at the hands of terrorists. every single one of those was a crime. the fewer than 10% that were at the hands of the military and the police were not crimes, they were people acting under orders and under instructions, and fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way. karen bradley apologised the next day. we‘ve also heard from the commanding officer of the bloody sunday soldiers who maintains they acted in self—defence. he spoke to the bbc earlier this week. well, we thought in fact that we we re well, we thought in fact that we were under attack. and we remain convinced of that until the end of our days. william mckinney‘s brother was with him at the march. he spoke to the bbc earlier, here‘s what he remembers of that day. i made my way down roswell street, this is just minutes before the gas was fired underjohnson and william street. i was standing at the end of
the park, where i heard about the shooting of two people on william street. i crossed over and met my friend and my wife, and herfriend. and because we were effectively gassed, one of them suggested that we make our way to my aunt‘s house, which was just yards beyond the corner. and just as we made our way, everything just went crazy. people we re everything just went crazy. people were running around from the alley, roaring and screaming. i have no memory at this stage, i remember hearing shots fired. but i seen people running and screaming, and i wasn‘t told two years after... i told him i was ok. i got home.
that interview concludes our coverage of the bloody sunday killings. you can read more on our website. another update for you. the telegraph is reporting that the attorney general geoffrey cox has issued new legal advice. this is interesting, one of the brexiteers brought this up on the debate on tuesday before the house of commons rejected theresa may‘s deal. this idea has been swirling around for a few days, but the telegraph is saying the attorney general may line up behind this, and new advice which will offer perhaps more reassurance to some brexiteers, and perhaps more reassurance to the democratic unionists that there are other options to get out of the irish quarterback stop because the brexiteers, their main gripe with is there is no time limit on and they cannot unilaterally exit. we will
see if that story stands up, tomorrow is another day. thanks for watching, goodbye. good evening, i‘m holly hamilton with all your support. we start today with europa league action, and chelsea are through to the quarterfinals after an emphatic 5—0 victory with a three—goal advantage from their first leg. chelsea took just five minutes to extend their lead with his first goal of the evening. after the frenchman made it to, he also put his name on the score sheet as their side continues to run riot in the second half of the hat check forjerusha and 18—year—old callum hudson a delay sliding into make it 5—0 on the night even on the aggregate elsewhere, a successful night for an english club, arsenal turned around a three mill deficit, they turned
appellee who beat salzburg 4—3 aggregate. the aim of the last eight. many of those games continuing and extra time in their second league europa league tie. full results on the bbc sport website. former manchester united midfielder paul schools has quit after just 31 days midfielder paul schools has quit afterjust 31 days on the job they signed an 18 month contract last month and after a dream start of 4—1 win, he‘s overseeing three draws and three defeats. he says his decision was with deep regret but he would not be able to operate as he had intended. it has been another excited day at the cheltenham festival where briny frost made history by becoming the first female jockey to win... she won the wire ——
ryanair chase on her horse, and our correspondent andy swiss was there. what a memorable day we‘ve had a cheltenham. a little bit of history in one of the big races of the day, ryanair won by briny frost on her horse. frost became the first female jockey to win a grade one race over thejumps in the history jockey to win a grade one race over the jumps in the history of the festival. it was some ride by her, she got a wonderful reception when she got a wonderful reception when she came back here afterwards. honestly it was bonkers. i was like, oh my god. they said that was the first time it's ever been happened, andl first time it's ever been happened, and i thought it was cool. they say fairy tales don't come true, only on very rare occasions. i fairy tales don't come true, only on very rare occasions. i guess fairy tales don't come true, only on very rare occasions. i guess i flipped a coin and i've landed on a rare occasion today. that was followed by in that area next race hurdle, another poignant victory, this time for the horse paisley park. paisley park is owned by andrew gammel who has been blind since he was born. he follows the
racing by the on course commentary via radio, and he was able to share in all the celebrations, he said it was like a dream come true. still to come is the cheltenham gold cup with native river looking to defend the crown that he won here 12 months ago. tommy fleetwood is the clubhouse leader, as the first round of the player‘s championship at sawgrass draws to a close in florida. the englishman made seven birdies in a bogey—free round of 65 to top the leaderboard. he‘s one shot ahead of korea‘s byeong hun an and americans brian harman and keegan bradley. four—time major winner rory mcilroy is a shot further back on five under. mitchelton—scott‘s simon yates won stage five of the paris—nice on thursday, an individual time trial, as team sky‘s michal kwiatkowski finished third to retain his overall race lead. yates, over 18 minutes down in the general classification following his struggles through the crosswind stages,
powered through the 25.5 kilometre time trial in an impressive 30 minutes and 26 seconds. very unexpected. i knew it would be tough. i really didn‘t believe it was a good course. really no climbing whatsoever almost. but i was ina climbing whatsoever almost. but i was in a good condition coming into the race, so i‘m really only out of the race, so i‘m really only out of the gta because i lost time in the crosswinds, so... not a really good day. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30pm. indeed we are ending this workweek ona indeed we are ending this workweek on a very windy note with low pressure, just north of the country, and our westerly gales to blow in the showers to our shores. some of these will be wintry over the high
ground on friday across scotland. milder to the south, we could see more clout and persistent rain across the far south. but there will be some sunshine on these blustery showers, the winds are quite a future. strong across northwest scotla nd future. strong across northwest scotland and east of the penn nines, 50-60 scotland and east of the penn nines, 50—60 mph gusts. 11—14dc across the south and southeast. now is the weekend, we see yet another pretty deep area of low pressure off the atlantic, this will be a deepening low as it reaches our shores to bring us —— gales and heavy rain. as this rain encounters the cooler air across the uk, parts of northern ireland, city and scotland over the hills. even on some modest levels, through the central which could cause some issues. you can see temperatures in the low single figures where it will be windy and wet, much milder than the highs of
12-13dc. the wet, much milder than the highs of 12—13dc. the next few days into the start of the weekend, we could see disruption from the gales and the snow. stay tuned to bbc local radio or head online to see all the latest weather warning. this low pressure will move off into the north sea on sunday. opening the file leak —— floodgates to a north wind. there will be wind—chill on the hills, we will be wind—chill on the hills, we will start to tap into something cool or even across the southern areas. you can see plenty of sunshine as well, despite those showers. it certainly looks like sunday will be the better day of the two. now into next week, it looks like high pressure begins to build in from the southwest, this looks like it will settle things down, something we haven‘t seen for a while. there will be some weak weather fronts trying to get into the northwest corner of the country, this is a warm front arriving on monday that could bring it thicker cloud and drizzle the western
scotland. but elsewhere we will have lighter winds and the potential of seeing good smells of sunshine. the temperatures will respond 10—12dc, even a bit higher. on tuesday, that weather front will be like their central areas, a bit more cloud around tuesday, we could see a bit more breeze and some showers across scotland. but elsewhere that high—pressure starts to establish itself, you should see light winds and also temperatures beginning to climb as milderair and also temperatures beginning to climb as milder air moves in from the 13-14dc, climb as milder air moves in from the 13—14dc, certainly feeling springlike. thejet the 13—14dc, certainly feeling springlike. the jet stream the 13—14dc, certainly feeling springlike. thejet stream is key to next week, it looks like it will be north to the uk, allowing this milderairto north to the uk, allowing this milder air to move north to the uk, allowing this milderairto move in north to the uk, allowing this milder air to move in from the southwest. we will be on the milder side of thejets southwest. we will be on the milder side of the jets and could potentially allow this area of high pressure to blow in across the uk. that will settle things down greatly in the next week as a high pressure builds. the winds will be much lighter, variable amounts of cloud